- Governor Nyesom Wike compares the freezing of the account of a state government to a government overthrow
- He accuses the EFCC of going after the Benue state government because of the defection the state governor, Samuel Ortom, from the APC to the PDP
- Anti-graft commission unfreezes Benue government accounts
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said the freezing of bank accounts of Benue and Akwa Ibom state governments by the EFCC was sufficient reason for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to sack Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency.
Wike in press statement on Thursday, August 9, in Port Harcourt, compared the freezing of the accounts of a state government to a government overthrow, Premium Times reports.
“I am calling for the sack of the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, for overthrowing a tier government. The mere fact that the two accounts have been re-opened does not mean that a crime was not committed,” the governor said.
“When you freeze the account of the State Government, you have overthrown that government. Without funds, a state cannot function. This means the shutdown of government business at Executive, Legislature and Judiciary in the affected states.”
Wike said the acting chairman of the EFCC deserved to be sacked and prosecuted for his action against the two states, just as the director general of the State Security Services (SSS) was be sacked because of the recent siege to the National Assembly.
The governor accused the EFCC of going after the Benue state government because of the defection the state governor, Samuel Ortom, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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He alleged that the anti-graft commission played a role in the defection of the former Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, from the PDP to the APC.
NAIJ.com gathered that Terver Akase, the chief press secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, confirmed this to Channels Television in an interview.
Akase had faulted the freezing of the state accounts as a political witch-hunt against his principal after he defected to the PDP.
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